• Tahinta: a Rhythm Play for Children

    First published as Tahinta! and Vulture Vulture! Two Rhythm Plays for Children by Efua T. Sutherland, the audiobook edition illustrated by Edmund Opare is an irresistible invitation to join the young narrator as he moves the story along with the encouragement of the chorus.

    The children of Mmofra Foundation’s Language Club perform the audiobook version, featuring Nii Noi Osuteye as the boy, Maria Bossman as the father, and a group of Language Club members as the chorus.

    The Adehyeman Group provides the percussive beat which carries the story.

    About the Book

    Tahinta is a story with a beat. It is about a boy went fishing in the River Birim. He set his fish-trap in the water. He cast his net but when he drew it out, it was empty. He began to look unhappy. But just when he was getting ready to go home, something came walking across the river. You will find out what it was.

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  • Voice in the Forest CD – Efua T. Sutherland & Abena Busia

    “Dr. Efua Sutherland has once again rescued a couple of folktale mores from our oral traditions and brilliantly merged and polished them into a truly wondrous gem of a tale for young people, as well as the young at heart. This new and dynamic rendering makes some ancient world wisdom accessible to today’s children.” Ama Ata Aidoo, 2006

    Voice in the Forest draws upon the traditional fairy tales and folktales of Ghana. Unlike most traditional tales which seek to explain one thing, this story explains several things and practices; the mandatory rest day for farmers, the founding of a village and why calling children bad names is wrong. It’s ambitious. And yet it captures and holds a child’s attention so completely.

    The audiobook CD is narrated by Abena Busia.

    Abena P.A. Busia is a celebrated Ghanaian poet and professor of literature. Her dramatic narration under the direction of Esi Sutherland-Addy bring the characters of the story to life over a background of original musical composition by Kojo Essah and Yaw Ediko of Takashi Music, a group specializing in the fusion of traditional African percussion instruments with guitar, trumpet, saxophone and voice. The resulting score is uniquely whimsical and delightful.

     

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